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Title:VISIT OF BELGIAN KING TO GRAND FLEET (ledger title) [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 602
Summary: King Albert and Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians visit the British Grand Fleet and US 6th Battle Squadron in the Firth of Forth, probably June-July 1918.
Description: The film starts on board the US flagship USS New York. The King and Queen have just come aboard and the camera, near 'B' Turret, shows the rest of the party coming up the outer ladder and on board the ship. (Throughout the film the King and Queen contrive to remain either in long shot or just ahead of the panning camera.) With Admiral Rodman they move off to inspect the ship's company drawn up on deck. (Note the US official naval photographer at work.) The Forth Bridge is visible in the distance behind the ship. The ship's company march in review around 'A' Turret. Another New York Class battleship of the squadron is moored nearby. View of the length of the New York's port side from a small launch as the King's party comes down the ladder and onto another launch. The film jumps to the battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth, with the camera looking down onto the quarterdeck. The King's launch arrives and his party come up on deck, where they are met by various naval officers, among them Admiral Sir David Beatty. (The British official naval photographer, Lieutenant Neal, at work.) The King inspects and meets a party of the ship's company drawn up on the quarterdeck. Navy launch ML.324 passes the stern of the Queen Elizabeth as they talk.
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Engholm, F W (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Albert I, King of Belgium (person)
Elisabeth, Queen of Belgium (person)
Rodman, H (person)
Beatty, David Richard (person)
Neal (Lieutenant) (person)
United States Navy & York (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Queen Elizabeth (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, ML324 (regiment/service)
Keywords: delegations, Belgian international - state (object name)
ships, United States naval - battleship: New York (object name)
ships, British naval - battleship: Queen Elizabeth (object name)
ships, British naval - light forces: ML324 (object name)
journalism and record, United States - photographer (object name)
journalism and record, British - photographer (object name)
GB, Scotland & Firth of Forth (geography)